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The rare piece of gold that was discovered in a bag and ended up auctioned for thousands of dollars

2024-03-02T19:44:14.228Z

Highlights: A mask-shaped object was found in a bag at a Goodwill store in Pennsylvania. The store decided to auction it off for a charitable cause. After 48 auction bids, an anonymous buyer managed to acquire the collector's item. Goodwill will allocate all the money raised from the sale of the gold mask to finance its program to help people in vulnerable situations. The 14-karat gold object is reminiscent of a mask worn by the fictional Bionicle characters. It is a rare collectible item from the Danish toy company LEGO.


A mask-shaped object surprised store employees. It was sold for a charitable cause.


There is a

gold

mask-shaped

object

that weighs

26 grams

and is less than

three centimeters

in length.

For some,

it is only worth it because of its precious metal composition

.

But for others,

it is also a treasure that they seek to obtain at all costs.

Workers

at an

American store

discovered that they had received

, as a donation,

a rare LEGO collector's item

.

In the end, the business decided to

auction it off for a charitable cause.

And they got

thousands of dollars.

The non-profit organization Goodwill, committed to helping people in vulnerable situations in various ways, told local media that

in February someone donated jewelry to them

.

This non-governmental entity is financed

through a network of own stores that sell second-hand products

donated by people

.

The jewelry in question, which was

kept in a bag

, ended up in the warehouse of one of the

Goodwill

branches , located in the city of

DuBois

(state of

Pennsylvania

).

At the beginning of February, the employees of the place

examined the jewelry

and noticed that inside the bag there was also something else: a

small object shaped like a mask

.

Immediately,

they put it up for sale

through the store's website.

The Vice President of E-Commerce and Technology at Goodwill in North-Central Pennsylvania,

Chad Smith , told

People

magazine

that at first the item went up for auction

with a base price of

US$14.95

because

they did not know its true value

.

Sale.

At first, it went up for auction with an initial price that did not correspond to its value.

Photo: Goodwill Industries International Inc.

"

We didn't really know what the piece was worth

until people started asking if they could buy it

for $1,000

," Smith recalled in conversation with television station

WPVI-TV

.

The origin of the gold object

Faced with this panorama, from the Goodwill store they began to investigate the origin of the piece and were truly surprised.

Soon, they realized that in their hands they had a

rare collectible item from the Danish toy company LEGO

.

This 14-karat

gold object

, called

Golden Kanohi Hau Mask

, is reminiscent

of a mask worn

by the

fictional

Bionicle

characters

:

It is a series of toys manufactured by the same company.

Example.

The golden mask, placed on one of the Bionicle characters.

Photo: illustrative/Worthpoint.

The collectible item, Smith told

KDKA-TV

, was part of a

2001

advertising campaign : at that time, LEGO

manufactured only 30 examples (platinum, gold and silver) of the Bionicle mask

.

Part of these copies

were awarded to winners of a contest

and the rest to employees

of the toy company, Smith said.

How much money was it sold for?

On February 21, after 48 auction bids, an anonymous buyer managed to acquire the collector's item: in total,

According to Goodwill's website, he

paid $18,101.

Fact.

In total, she weighs 26.14 grams.

Photo: Goodwill Industries International Inc.

For his part, Smith told WPVI-TV that Goodwill

will allocate all the money raised from the sale of the gold mask

to finance its program to

help people in vulnerable situations

.

Source: clarin

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